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2014 ProRodeo Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – 2014
27th Annual ProRodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament – 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eight-time World Champion Bull Rider Don Gay has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 ProRodeo Legend Award.
The ProRodeo Hall of Famer will be honored at the 6th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala on Monday, Dec. 2, at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.
“To be recognized as a major contributor to the sport that has been pretty much your everything is special,” Gay said. “It’s not a personal thing, it’s an accomplishment thing, and that’s what a guy works for.” Gay won four consecutive world championships from 1974-77, the PRCA Regular Season Championship in 1978, and then followed with another three consecutive world championships from 1979-81. Since he won his last gold buckle in 1984, Gay has held the record with eight bull riding world titles.
“When you think of pro rodeo legends, Don Gay has to come to mind,” ProRodeo Hall of Fame Director Kent Sturman said. “With eight bull riding world championships, he is arguably the best bull rider to ever compete. He comes from a great rodeo family and after he retired from competition, he didn’t just walk away. Today he continues to promote professional rodeo and provides color commentary on professional rodeo.” Gay has the third-highest marked ride in the history of professional rodeo, earning 97 points on the famous RSC bull Oscar at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1977.
He is the eighth recipient of the ProRodeo Legend Award, joining Dean Oliver, Shawn Davis, Larry Mahan, Harry Vold, Clem McSpadden, Jim Shoulders and Jake Barnes. “To be put in the same group as my heroes is a pretty awesome feeling,” Gay said. The Gala, which benefits the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, will be held at 6 p.m. and include a silent auction, live auction, music entertainment and, of course, honoring Gay with an award statue provided by Montana Silversmiths. “I’ve attended the Gala every year since they started it, and to be honored at it will be nice,” Gay said. “It’s a great idea because it raises money for the Hall of Fame, and the Hall is something that needs to stay in the forefront because it’s the history of the business and it shows what it took to get the train on the tracks.”
For the third consecutive year, the live auction will feature a Massey Ferguson tractor generously donated by Hesston by Massey Ferguson, along with many other great items.
Tickets are on sale now; for reservations and tickets, call 719.528.4732. For more information visit www.prorodeohalloffame.com.